Melissa Schapiro

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Drone Tour: 1773 Oyster Creek Lane, Bow

Panoramic ocean and mountain views greet you from the cleared home at 1773 Oyster Creek Lane, Bow. These 20 acres are nestled between Samish Bay and Oyster Dome, just one mile uphill from the Oyster Bar,...

Bluegrass Festival at Hovander Homestead Park

Bluegrass Festival at Hovander Homestead Park

One of my favorite Whatcom County parks is Hovander Homestead, in Ferndale. It’s a beautiful home finished in 1903, and includes an enormous barn, next to the Nooksack River. I’ve taken the tour of this home so many times and have a fantasy of someday building a place...

Putting in an Offer

So, you are ready to buy a home. You’ve been working with a Realtor, looking at properties, and are ready to put in an offer. How does it work? Well, it is nothing like on TV. We can’t just make a phone call, and tell you that they’ve accepted your offer. Real estate...

Get pre-approved!

How do you know what you can buy? Unless you have unlimited cash funds, you will need to get a loan to purchase a property, and the type of loan, and loan amount, will determine what properties you should be looking at. Looking at properties that you can’t afford is...

Water is the new gold

Water is the new gold

After listening to a speaker about rainwater catchment systems, I started thinking about the movie, The Big Short. There is a connection here, I promise. The film, an inside look at how the financial crisis created the Great Recession, had at its center a hedge-fund...

The Agency relationship – it goes both ways

The Agency relationship – it goes both ways

I love my job – helping people find their next home, sell their home to meet their personal goals, and learn about this community that I’ve called home since 1996. Being a Realtor is much more than taking a client to see a house and writing up a contract. It’s a...

Are you house hunting?

Are you house hunting?

I often hear from people that they aren’t “ready” to purchase a home – but what does that really mean? Often, the process of buying a home happens in several stages over time. First, think about why you want to move. Need more space? Less space? Want to be closer to...

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